Partner, August Debouzy
A member of the Paris Bar since 1988, he began his career at Henri Leclerc's firm. An expert in press criminal law, he founded Légipresse in 1986, of which he is now the editorial director. Since 1992, he has been teaching media law at the Institut Pratique du Journalisme in Paris Dauphine. From 1994 to 2010, he taught criminal law at the Bar Training School before sitting on the Paris Bar Council until 2012. In 2018, he joined Auguste Debouzy as a partner and was elected vice-president of the Paris Bar until 2019.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at L'Oréal
He joined the L'Oréal group in 1978 and made his career there. General Manager of Consumer Products in Greece, General Manager of L'Oréal Paris and then Germany, as well as of the Asia Zone, International Director of Biotherm, President and CEO of L'Oréal USA, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2005, Managing Director in April 2006 and then Chairman and CEO in 2011. A director of L'Oréal since 2006, he is Chairman of the Strategy and Sustainable Development Committee. In 2022, he was appointed President of HEC Paris.
Vice President Design Experience, Dassault Systèmes
After studying art and applied art at ENSAAMA, she began her career at Renault in 1987 as a designer. In 1991, she made a name for herself with the Scénic concept car. But it was in the United States that she became a global figure in automotive design industry as she was appointed head of design for the General Motors brands. In 2008, she decided to join the Dassault Systèmes teams in order to redefine the group's design strategy, focused on innovation. Since 2017, she has been a member of the World Design Organization where she was a board member from 2019 to 2021.
Passionate about cinema, he enrolled at the Cours Florent and began his acting career at the age of 20. A few years later, he won the Cesar award for most promising actor and the Michel Simon Prize for his role in "Un monde sans pitié" (1989). Following these experiences, he devoted himself to directing. In 2001, his first movie "Ma femme est une actrice" (My wife is an actress) was a great success. His work as a filmmaker was rewarded with a César nomination for his film "Le Brio" (2017). In 2021, he directed an adaptation of Karine Tuil's novel "Les Choses humaines" (Gallimard, 2019), and was nominated for a César in 2022.
Senior advisor for August Debouzy Avocats
Bernard Attali is a graduate of Sciences Po and ENA. He has been the financial director of Club Med, chairman of the regional development agency of the Ile-de-France region, chairman and CEO of several insurance companies including GAN and chairman of Air France. He has also been a director on the board of several French and international companies including SNCF, CIC, BNP, Société Générale, Hôtels Méridien, Air Inter, La Poste, EuroTunnel and Baccarat.
Economist, writer, founding president of Positive Planet
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, enarque, writer and special advisor to French President François Mitterrand for nearly ten years. He is also the founder of four international institutions: Action Against Hunger, EUREKA, EBRD and Positive Planet, which promotes the positive economy and supports micro-entrepreneurs in poor neighbourhoods in France, Africa and the Middle East. Positive Planet is now the world's largest microfinance support institution. He is the author of more than 80 books, including "Une brève histoire de l'avenir" (Fayard, 2006) and is currently an editorial writer for the newspaper Les Echos.
Founding partner, August Debouzy
Co-founder of August Debouzy with former diplomat Olivier Debouzy, he has been running the firm since 1995. A member of the Paris and New York Bars, he heads the Corporate department and practices in the areas of corporate law, commercial litigation, arbitration and criminal business law. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Driven by a modern vision of legal advice, he has always put his firm at the service of innovation and entrepreneurship, and has been assisting key players in the French and international economy for 25 years.
Global Director Capital Markets at CDP
After graduating from IESE business school and obtaining a master's degree in economics from Paris Dauphine, he began his career with Banque Indosuez. A few years later, he co-founded a start-up incubator, where he supported innovative entrepreneurs. Building on this success, he created a consulting firm in Brazil while becoming one of the mentors of the NGO Endeavor. He is currently a member of the steering committee of the Cercle de l'Expertise à Mission (CEM) and sits on the advisory committee of the Euronext Low Carbon 100 index and the French environmental label GreenFin.
Special Advisor to the Institut Montaigne on digital issues, co-founder of Isotope Energy
Entrepreneur since the age of 22, he has founded numerous companies in diverse fields such as consulting (Absolut), construction (Escalade Industrie), mobile music (Musiwave), co-creation (eYeka), decision-making tools (Captain Dash). In 2012, the European Commission appointed him "Digital Champion" for France. Today, he is a strategic member of the consulting firm EY, a member of the EDF Foundation and Learn Assembly, co-founder of Africa4Tech and Isitope Energy. He also publishes books on digital public policy and is co-chair of the National Digital Council.
Chief Culture Officer, UiPath
She has a strong international experience, notably as Chief People Officer and VP Global Talent Development at UiPath. As Chief Culture Officer she is dedicated to increasing the engagement and development of employees and talent, promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging. She aims to drive positive change within the company while engaging stakeholders, nurturing a new generation of leaders, and fostering an interest in learning.
International reporter for the newspaper Le Monde
After training as a journalist, she began her career in 1992 at Le Parisien before joining Le Monde where she is currently a senior reporter. She also comments on political news in the programme "C dans l'air" on France 5. An expert in political news, she has published several books, including "Chirac président, les coulisses d'une victoire" with Denis Saverot (Editions du Rocher, 1995), as well as the investigative book "La Femme fatale", on Ségolène Royale's presidential campaign, co-written with Ariane Chemin (Albin Michel, 2007).
Managing Partner and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital
CEO and Founder of the investment company Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, he works to finance projects likely to generate a positive impact in emerging countries. Managing Director of the World Bank until 2016 and former Chief Financial Officer of Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, he is the author of numerous articles and books on globalisation and the international financial system, including "Money honnie: et si la finance sauvait le monde?" (Nouveaux débats publics, 2016), or "Do we (seriously) want to change the world?" (MAME, 2020).
President of Public Sénat
After graduating from the IEP of Paris, he was successively, from 1994 to 1997, an advisor in the office of the Minister of the Budget, the office of the Minister of Culture and Communication and then the office of Prime Minister Alain Juppé. Then, he joined the Lagardère group, and in 1999 took over the management of the daily newspaper "La Provence". In 2002, he worked at France 2 and was appointed Director General. In 2006, he became president of M6 Thématique within the M6 group. In 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RTL group in France, and Vice-Chairman of the TF1 group. Since 2021, he has been President of the media company Public Sénat.
Naturalist photographer, diver and marine biologist
A wildlife photographer from Montpellier, he holds a master's degree in biology and is the author of a dozen books of photography dedicated to underwater wildlife. He is also the co-creator of the Andromède Océanologie company, with which, since 2000, he has led several large-scale expeditions, which have revealed the evolution of rivers and oceans under the influence of humans. In 2021, he won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award from the Natural History Museum in London.
Senior Partner, August Debouzy
Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1993, she was managing partner of August Debouzy from 2001 to 2017 and created the the labor department. In 2012 and in 2018 she received the "Lawyer of the Year" award in labor law from Best Lawyer magazine. She teaches in Master II at the Sciences-Po Paris Law School and actively participates in the reflections on evolution of French labor law. She is a member of the board of directors of the Montaigne Institute and was a board member and approved qualified person of the French Central Agency of Social Security Organizations (ACOSS) between 2007 and 2017.
Executive Vice President of IONIS Education Group
After graduating in classics, he began a career as a journalist and then became a teacher, notably at the Pierre and Marie Curie University. In 1987, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the IONIS Education Group and actively participated in its development as well as in the regionalisation of certain schools. He was at the origin of the creation of Epitech, Sup'Biotech and SUP'Internet as well as the Campus technologique which groups together engineering and technological expertise schools. In parallel to his functions, he continues to teach in various schools of the group.
Group advisor on Natural Capital, HSBC
Multimedia director of Excelsior, editorial director of Tiscali, then consultant at UNESCO, she joined HSBC in 2004 to deploy and structure its sustainable development policy in France, then in Europe. Thanks to her, the Group was awarded the title of "Best Western European Bank for Sustainable Finance" by Euromoney in 2020. She now advises HSBC on the management of its natural capital and has been appointed as an expert by the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, notably to measure the impact of financial companies on climate change and biodiversity.
President of TARS
A renowned academic, he began his career as an assistant to Raymond Aron at the Collège de France. He continued his career as a visiting professor at UCLA and the University of Paris 2 and is now co-director of the Essec Finance Chair. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and books on public accounts and international monetary and financial issues. He is also a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique, founding president of the Concours International des Grands Amateurs de Piano and president of the Long-Thibauld Foundation.
Managing Director & Partner at BCG
Managing Director & Partner at BCG
Partner, August Debouzy
She has been a partner in August Debouzy's employment law department since 1999 and mainly advises on labour and social security disputes. She assists companies in negotiations with staff representatives and trade unions, redundancy plans, remuneration or in the event of collective disputes. She is also very active in the firm's projects, such as Start you up. Together with the other partners, she is also responsible for the development of the association project "Joséphine pour la beauté des femmes".
A former student of the École normale supérieure and professor of literature, he is a committed writer and a sculptor with a passion for entomology. He has published numerous books, including "Catherine" (Gallimard, 1984), "La Casse" (Fata Morgana, 1994), and five volumes of his Carnets de notes (Verdier). He is talented author and he was awarded the Grand Prix de littérature de la Société des Gens de Lettres in 2002 and the Prix Roger-Caillois for the whole of his work in 2009. Often presented as a worker of time and silence, his latest work is entitled "La gorge" (Fata Morgana, 2022).
Chairman, HSBC Continental Europe
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and holder of a DEA in economics from Sciences Po, he began his career at the Ministry of Finance, notably at the Treasury Department. In 1995, he became technical advisor to Alain Juppé, Prime Minister. In 1997, he joined the HSCB group and was appointed Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Continental Europe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC France from 2012. In 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of HSBC Continental Europe.
Sustainable Development & QSE (Quality-Safety-Environment) Director, Bouygues Group
An engineer, he has been the Sustainable Development & QSE (Quality-Safety-Environment) Director of the Bouygues Group since 2007 and is President of the College of Sustainable Development Directors (C3D). Committed to the ecological transition, he is one of the administrators of "The Shift Project", co-founder of a blog on the Contributive Enterprise. Recently, he co-authored a guide to help companies in their sustainable development approach: "Entreprise contributive, conciliating business and planetary limits" (Dunod, 2021).
Co-founder and President Les Collectifs
CEO Sixième Son
Musician, composer and producer, he founded the Sixième Son agency in 1995 and invented the concept of sound identity and musical design for brands and companies. He created the sound identity of France Télécom in 2001 and the one of SNCF in 2005, as he became one of the most popular music designers in France. He exports his music around the world, notably by defining the international sound strategy of the Korean giant Samsung and its sound identity for mobile phones. In 2017, he moved to New York to develop the American market.
Philosopher, Honorary professor at the University of Lausanne
Holder of a double doctorate - University of Strasbourg II (1981) and EHESS (1995) - he taught for a long time at Sciences Po and at the University of Technology of Troyes, before taking up a position at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). His research focuses on the ethics of sustainable development, the precautionary principle and participatory democracy. From 2000 to 2005, he participated in the Coppens Commission in charge of drafting the Charter of the Environment in the Constitution. Member of the orientation council of the think-tank La Fabrique écologique and of the scientific council of the Fondation Zoein.
Initially drawn to the dramatic arts, he then turned to acting and directing. He directed his first short film in 1993, "Bleu Dommage", which won a prize at the Cognac Festival. In 2009, he won the César for best adaptation with "Mademoiselle Chambon". Vincent Lindon, who plays the lead role, became his favourite actor. Stéphane Brizé has been nominated for numerous awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the César Awards, notably for his films "La Loi du marché" (2015) and "En Guerre" (2018). In February 2022, his film "Un Autre Monde" was released in cinemas.
President of Deyrolle, founder of the Festival de la Forêt et du Bois
After graduating from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, he started to assemble a collection of tomatoes in 1992, which became the Conservatoire National de la Tomate. In 2012, he bought the Château de la Bourdaisière and transformed it into a biodiversity laboratory. Nicknamed "The Gardener Prince", he bought Deyrolle in 2001 and gave this institution back its initial vocation: education on contemporary environmental and societal issues. In 2013, he launched the project of an agroecological micro-farm, supported by the association "Fermes d'avenir".
A graduate of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, he wrote his thesis -under the direction of Roland Barthes- on the utopian socialist Charles Fourier. In parallel to his literary activities, he taught at the University of San Diego in California, at New York University and at the IEP in Paris. From 1983 to 1988 he was a director of the association Action contre la faim. Since 1987, he has worked with the newspapers Le Nouvel Observateur and Le Monde. In 2014, he evoked his childhood with "Un bon fils" (Grasset). In 2022, he published "Dans l'amitié d'une montagne: Petit traité d'élévation" (Grasset).
Founder of Café Joyeux
After several years spent in the family business in Paris, he decided with his wife and their children to move to Brittany, and in 2015 they opened the Castelbrac hotel in Dinard. Passionate about sailing, they created the Emeraude Voile Solidaire association to take people in precarious, irregular or disabled situations and Ephad residents out to sea. In 2017, they opened the first Café Joyeux in Rennes, where they employ people with autism or Down's syndrome. Now, more than 50 "joyful team members" are deployed in the 5 Cafés Joyeux in France.
Philosopher, research director at the CNRS
She has taught at the EHESS and the ENS, as well as abroad (Stanford, USA). From 2000 to 2003, she was a member of the board of directors of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Among other things, she chaired the philosophy commission of the Centre national des lettres and was vice-president of the Comité consultatif national d'éthique. Director of the ENS (Ulm) from 2005 to 2012, she then became president of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres), until 2014. Her work is now focused on contemporary moral and political philosophy. Her latest book, "Sauver la liberté d'expression" (Albin Michel) was published in 2021.
President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
A graduate in art history and the École nationale du patrimoine, she is a specialist in 19th and early 20th century art. Curator at the Musée d'Orsay from 1994 to 2007, she became scientific director of the Agence France-muséums, in charge of the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, before becoming head of the Musée de l'Orangerie in 2014 and the Musée d'Orsay in 2017. Under her presidency, she revitalised these institutions by forging links with the performing arts and contemporary artists and by developing digital content.
Honorary Chairman of Mazars Group
A graduate of ESC Rouen, he began his career at Mazars in 1978 and was promoted to partner in 1988. In 2003, he became Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director of Mazars France. In 2006, he became one of the five members of the Group's Management Board, the executive body of the international organisation.He chaired the Group's Management Board as Chairman and CEO from 2011 to 2016. In 2017, he was re-elected as Chairman of the Group Executive Board. He was also appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Interest Entities of the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes.
General, former head of the French army's planning and operations centre (CPCO)
A former student of the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, he comes from the navy. Very quickly, he was immersed in crisis management: in 2002, he took charge of a regiment, before being assigned to the Presidency of the Republic (2005-2009) and then to the Centre for Planning and Conducting Operations of the Armed Forces Staff (2009-2011). Deputy Chief of Operations at the French Army Staff from 2011 to 2016, he is now a senior advisor at ESL & Network where he advises and supports States and armies.
CEO at Quantis International
A graduate engineer from the Ecole Catholique des Arts et Métiers and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, he decided in 2008 to travel the world. For 10 months, he went to discover innovative companies and projects in the environmental field. On this subject, he co-published the book "100 pioneers for the planet" (JC. Lattès, 2009). The same year, he founded the Vendée Globe EcoAdvance project with his navigator brother. He joined Quantis in 2009 as an analyst, then became Managing Director in France and CEO in 2020.
Partner at August Debouzy
After graduating from the IEP in Bordeaux, he became involved in politics. He was a Member of Parliament for La Manche, Mayor of Octeville and then of Cherbourg-Octeville from 2001 to 2012, and was appointed Minister for European Affairs in 2012. The following year, he became Minister Delegate for the Budget and then Minister of the Interior. In 2016, he was appointed Prime Minister. He was a legal advisor at August Debouzy from 2006 to 2007, where he returned in 2017. He mainly advises on compliance and international compliance issues.
Director La French Tech
Managing Director BCG Paris
A graduate of the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and INSED, he joined BCG in 1997 where he covered strategic and operational issues in consumer products. He has deep expertise in developing brand and growth strategies for consumer products companies. His expertise touches on topics such as demand-centric growth, marketing effectiveness, go-to-market strategies, supply chain, large-scale transformation, and people strategy development.
Chief Leadership, Education & Culture, for the Mazars Group
He has a doctorate in management sciences and has been a human resources director for 25 years, in the luxury hotel industry, in banking and now in auditing and consulting. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Peter Drucker Society and a founding member of the Cercle du Leadership. Driven by the conviction that quality and benevolence in management -at all levels of society-, is the great alternative to demagogy and tyranny, he works to develop ecosystems of responsible leaders.
Independent consultant on ecology and citizen participation
A former student of the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Sciences Po Lille, he joined the National Assembly as a parliamentary assistant in 2012. He also held the position of deputy chief of staff of the President of the Assembly. In 2018, he became an advisor to Barbara Pompili and François de Rugy at the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity. He is also one of the organisers of the Citizens' Climate Convention. Author of "800 jours au ministère de l'impossible" (Les Petits Matins, 2022), he depicts and analyses the difficulties of implementing ambitious ecological policies.
A former student of the École normale supérieure (ENS-Ulm), professor and philosopher, he marked his entry into philosophy with the publication of "The Myth of Icarus" in 1984, hailed by Michel Foucault. He is the author of numerous works which popularise philosophy through their clarity and pedagogy, such as "Petit traité des grandes vertus" (PUF, 1995). His philosophy is above all ethical and defends the idea that we must live here and now, since only the immediate reality counts. Author of "L'Être-temps" (PUF, 1999), he has worked particularly on the time of consciousness.
Mayor of Meaux
After graduating from Science Po and ENA, he headed the cabinet of the Minister in charge of relations with the Senate from 1993 to 1995. Deputy for Seine-et-Marne between 1995 and 1997 and then between 2002 and 2017, he was also appointed Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament (2002-2004), Minister Delegate for the Interior, then Minister for the Budget and State Reform (2004-2007) under Jacques Chirac. In 1995, he was elected mayor of Meaux, and was re-elected in 2001, 2008 and 2014. He was responsible for the creation of the Great War Museum. He is also a lawyer at the Paris Bar and has published numerous political and economic works.
Paleontologist and paleoanthropologist, professor emeritus at the National Museum of Natural History and the Collège de France
The world-famous discoverer of numerous human fossils -including Lucy in 1974- he has devoted his career to palaeontology. From 1980 to 1983, he was professor and director of the National Museum of Natural History. He was then elected to hold the chair of palaeontology and prehistory at the Collège de France. He is present in many national and international bodies, and he is the author of more than a thousand articles and books in his field. His work has contributed to establishing -both in time and in space-, the distant limits of the origin of the humankind.
Feminist artist and trainer
A committed artist, she creates and performs feminist shows, such as "Contes à Rebours" -an anti-sexist rewriting of famous tales-, "La Pérille Mortelle"-about current events, and her feminist language "La Féminine Universelle"-, as well as "Opinion d'une femme sur les femmes"-a manifesto by the thinker Fanny Raoul-. Thanks to her speech on feminicide, she earned the Gisèle Halimi Prize in the Women's Foundation eloquence contest in 2018. She works as a trainer in companies, particularly on the promotion of equality and diversity and the prevention of gender-based violence at work. Photo credit : Matthieu Munoz
Principal at BCG France
President of the National Museum of Natural History
A palaeontologist and marine biologist, he has participated in several major oceanographic missions, notably in the Southern Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. Recruited as a researcher at the CNRS in 1981, he was appointed director of research and became director of the CNRS Paleontology Laboratory in Dijon in 1995, which later became the BIOGEOSCIENCES Laboratory. Since 2015, he has been President of the Natural History Museum and wants to show the need to integrate natural history more into the way we think about our contemporary societies.
Born in Naples, he is a writer, journalist and poet who has won several literary prizes, including the European Prize for Literature and the Ulysses Prize. His protean work was translated into many languages. It depicts the power of political commitment with inimitable vividness as well as the difficult learning of life during childhood and the intensity of human relationships. He is an environmental activist and a seasoned mountaineer, and is committed against the excesses of capitalism. He uses the beauty of nature to reflect on the human condition.
Head of the National Center for Research in Human Genomics (CNRGH), CEA
An internationally renowned biologist and geneticist, he founded and directed Sanofi's world centre for human genetics, before joining the CEA as director of the National Centre for Research in Human Genetics (CNRGH). Today, he is the scientific director of the Jean Dausset-CEPH Foundation as well as of the Labex GENMED. He is a specialist in human genomics and attempts to understand the mechanisms of disease. As a humanist, he aims for scientific researches to be open to artistic disciplines.
Writer, climate activist
Trained as a journalist, he is currently a press officer at Axa. At the same time, he is a municipal councillor in charge of the ecological transition in the team of Philippe Juvin, mayor (LR) of La Garenne-Colombes since 2001. His commitment to the fight against climate change was also demonstrated during a mission within the Ministry of Ecological Transition (2020-2022). In the book "Climat. Parlons vrai" (Éditions Les Pérégrines, 2021), he discusses with Jean Jouzel, paleoclimatologist and former vice-president of the IPCC scientific group.
Chairman and CEO of the Covéa Group
A lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal (1981-1994) and former secretary of the Conference, he joined the Garantie Mutuelle des Fonctionnaires (GMF) in 1995 as deputy director general. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the AZUR-GMF group. Two years later, he became Chairman and CEO of MAAF assurances. Since 2007, he has also been Chairman of the Mutuelles du Mans Assurances (MMA). In 2008, he became Chairman and CEO of Covéa, which includes GMF, MAAF Assurances and MMA.
Executive Vice President Strategy & Development at Groupe Barrière
Graduating with a Master's degree in hospitality management from ESSEC, he joined the family business in 2014 in the development department with the ambition to create new Barrière establishments. Since then, he has moved within the Barrière Group as Director of Transformation, General Manager Hotels and Restaurants, Executive Vice President Hotels, Restaurants and Transformation of the group. He was appointed Director of the Board of Directors in 2019 and has held the position of Executive Vice President Strategy & Development since 2021.
Professor in Artificial Intelligence at LIMSI-CNRS
Since 2011, she is a professor in artificial intelligence at the Sorbonne University. Attached to LIMSI-CNRS, she leads the research team "Affective and social dimensions in spoken interactions". Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, including the affective dimension. Since 2015, she is a member of CERNA (Commission de réflexion sur l'Ethique de la Recherche en sciences et technologies du Numérique d'Allistène) and is currently coordinating a report on the ethics of research on conversational agents.
Owner and grower at Château La Tuilière, founder of Vignes Secrètes
A graduate of the Institut de Géographie and ENA, she joined the Treasury's General Directorate in 1988. Then, she joined the Cabinet of the Minister of the Economy and Finance and was appointed head of monetary and financial affairs. From 1998, she held various managerial positions within the Axa Group. She joined Michelin in 2008 as Director of Sustainable Development, Brands, as well as of the Michelin Guide and of the External Relations. In 2018, she decided to create her own company by acquiring the Bordeaux vineyard Château la Tuilière.
Head of the Transitions Commission of the Olivaint Conference, treasurer of the Young Ambassadors for the Climate (JAC)
Originally from Mennecy (Essonne), he began a degree in history at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), then a master's degree in political science at Assas. Strongly committed to the fight against global warming since the beginning of his high school studies, he became the president of the environmentalist association (Instinct durable) of the ICP from 2019 to 2021. Then, he continued his activism within the Young Ambassadors for Climate (JAC) and the Olivaint Conference. In 2020, he was elected municipal councillor of Mennecy, in charge of nature and biodiversity.
Managing Director of IONIS Education Group
After studying at the University of Lille and Sciences Po Paris, he joined the Publicis Group. Between 1990 and 2005, he became one of the main executives of Publicis and was the international vice-president of Publicis Groupe. He was also vice-president of the Association des agences-conseils en communication (AACC) and director of the Institut de recherches et études publicitaires (IREP). He is the author of several books, including "Brand Success" (Volume 2 published in 2019 by FYP). Since 2005, he has been at the head of the Ionis group.
After training as a journalist, she became editor-in-chief and presenter of the Soir 3 programme, as well as the evening news programme on France 2. At the same time, she pursued a career in radio on Europe 1 and RTL. In 2016, she put an end to her career as a journalist and devoted herself to creation. She founded No School Productions, a production company specialized in history and social documentaries. She co-produced 13 novembre : Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, about the 13 November attacks. At the beginning of the year, Stéphane Brizé's feature film Un autre monde (Another World) was released, giving her her first film role.
Executive Chairman, Hermès
A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and Harvard Business School, he is the great grandson of Émile Hermès. After spending eight years in project finance at Paribas in Beijing and New York, he joined Hermès in 2003 as an auditor in the Finance Department of Hermès International and then as Sales Director for France. From 2006 to 2013, he was successively appointed Managing Director of Hermès Bijouterie, Managing Director of Hermès Maroquinerie-Sellerie and Managing Director of Operations. Since 2013, he has been Managing Director of Hermès.
Global Leader for BCG GAMMA
A former student of Polytechnique, MINES ParisTech and INSEAD, he joined BCG in 1993 and has advised clients in a variety of sectors such as rail and air transport, construction, telecoms, media and energy, in Paris, London and Bangkok. From 2004 to 2015 he was Global Leader for the BCG Pricing Practice. Since 2015, he has led BCG Gamma globally, working to conceptualise, build and deploy advanced analytical solutions that can transform the trajectories of organisations.
Lawyer and human rights activist
As a law graduate, she became the first woman to be appointed president of the Tehran High Court in 1975. The Islamic revolution of 1979 forced her to leave her position and take early retirement. In 1992, she set up a law firm dedicated to human rights cases and took on many cases. These activities led to her imprisonment in 1999. In 2002, she co-founded the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), and in 2003 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She left Iran in 2009 due to restrictions on human rights activists and continued her activities in forced exile.
Astrophysicist, scientific director of the CEA's Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (IRFU)
As an astrophysicist, his work includes diving deep into the universe to trace the sources of light in stars and galaxies, and studying the invisible with infrared observatories. He and his team discovered that most of the star formation history of the universe is hidden by interstellar dust. This allowed them to identify a universal law linking the mass of a galaxy to the rate at which it forms new stars. He is also editor of the peer-reviewed journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
She has conducted numerous orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia in London. Since 2009, she has been an associate artist of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris with accentus. She is also an associate artist of the Grand Théâtre d'Aix-en-Provence and has a special relationship with the Philharmonie de Paris. In 2012, she founded Insula orchestra in residence at La Seine Musicale. There she creates stage concerts, such as Mozart's Mass in C with Pascale Ferran. In 2020 she explored the last ballads of the composer Robert Schumann in the show "La Nuit des rois", directed by Antonin Baudry.
He is a doctor specialized in nutrition and sports biology and has taken part in numerous expeditions to the Himalayas, Greenland and Patagonia. He was the first man to reach the North Pole alone and succeeded in making the longest crossing of the Antarctic by dog sled. He has led several expeditions to raise awareness of the polar regions and to understand the role their role in life and climate. In 2010, he made the first successful crossing of the Arctic Ocean by balloon. His latest book, "Explorateur d'océans", has been published by Editions Paulsen in 2021.
Chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs and Deputy Director General for Digital
A graduate of the ESIEA Paris engineering school and the London Business School, he began his career at the Ministry of Defence. In 1999, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and then the Ministry of Finance in 2003. Five years later, he joined the SNCF. Once at SNCF, he served successively as head of strategy, head of Intercités trains, chief of staff to SNCF’s Chairman, chief communications officer for SNCF Group, and CEO of its subsidiary 574 Invest, which handles investments in mobility start-ups. Photo credits: © Letizia Lefur / SNCF
SNCF Chairman and CEO
An engineer from the Mines de Paris, he worked for the American mining company Amax before joining the SNCF, where he became project manager for the Paris-Lille TGV. Then, he created and managed the Thalys International structure until 1998, and successively became Director of HR Managers for the SNCF group, Deputy Director of Main Lines and Director of the SNCF Rhône-Alpes region. In 2006, he was appointed head of SNCF Proximités, which includes Transilien, TER, Intercités and the Keolis/Effia Group. Chairman of the Management Board of Keolis since 2012, he was appointed CEO of SNCF in 2019.
Vice President 3DEXPERIENCE Edu at Dassault Systèmes
A lawyer by training, she created the legal department of a Luxembourg postal company, and became Director of the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce in Boston in 2006. In 2008, she joined Dassault Systèmes as Director of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development. Convinced that digital platforms are a unique opportunity to redefine business models for sustainable innovation, she developed numerous projects to involve customers and stakeholders in the group's vision.
Professor at the Collège de France, member of the Académie des Sciences, President of the Fondation du Collège de France
After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de l'Enseignement Technique and getting a state thesis, he became a professor at the Joseph-Fourier University in Grenoble in 1988. There he created a research team and a laboratory for the chemistry and biology of metals which he directed at the CEA-Grenoble centre. In 2008, he became a professor at the Collège de France, where he holds the chair of Chemistry of Biological Processes, and directs the Laboratory of Chemistry of Biological Processes - a joint research unit of the Collège de France-CNRS-Sorbonne University.
Journalist, writer, co-founder of the weekly newspaper Le 1
After graduating from Sciences Po, he quickly became interested in journalism and began his career in 1982 as a freelancer for Libération and La Tribune de l'Economie. In 1986, he joined the newspaper Le Monde, first as a senior reporter, then as editor-in-chief, editorial director and finally director of the daily from 2007 to 2011. In 2014, he co-founded the weekly Le Un. In parallel to these activities, he writes numerous novels and essays and has received several prestigious awards, such as the prize for the best economics book. His latest book "Mohican" has been published by Gallimard in 2021.
Senior Associate Director BCG
A graduate of Wharton University (Pennsylvania) and ENSAE, he has spent his entire professional career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Today, he is a senior associate director and has been head of the Paris office and a member of the BCG executive committee. Throughout his career and in his media appearances, he has emphasised the importance of the human factor as a source of competitive advantage. His expertise has enabled him to assist numerous multinationals with transformation issues.
General Delegate to the University of Paris Foundation, head of the physiology department of the Necker and Georges Pompidou hospitals
He is a professor of physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Paris Descartes, of which he was Dean from 2014 to 2021. He is also head of the physiology department of the Necker-Enfants Malades and Georges Pompidou AP-HP hospitals. Furthermore, he is director of the Inserm research centre "Growth and signalling" at Necker. He has been a member of several editorial boards -including Kidney International- and editor-in-chief of Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation as well as of the journal Médecine-Sciences.
Major General of the French Air Force, French Space Command
After graduating from the Ecole de l'air de Salon-de-Provence and the Ecole de Guerre, he became a fighter pilot, general in the French Air Force and responsible for French military space activities. He has been at the head of the French Space Command since September 2018. Its creation had been announced by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, to cope with new strategies of defence, espionage - and even attack - in the space environment. This unit, integrated into the Air Force, brings together nearly two hundred and twenty experts in the field of space.
Co-founder of Raise
After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, she began her career at la Ville de Paris in 1982. Then, she joined the Cour des Comptes and the French Embassy in Egypt. She also worked at the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Solidarity between Generations. In 2003, she was appointed Ambassador Delegate for International Investments, and became Director of the French Agency for International Investments (AFII). From 2006 to 2016 she was President of General Electric France and from 2015 to 2018 of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. Currently, she is co-founder and director of the investment fund Raise.
President of the public establishment in charge of the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
He graduated from the military school of Saint-Cyr, and started his military career in France where he was promoted to Major before leaving for the United States to attend the Command and General Staff College. He then joined the Ecole Supérieure de Guerre in Paris. After serving abroad, notably in the former Yugoslavia, he became Chief of the Private Staff of the President of the Republic in 2002. In 2003, he was promoted to General of the Army, then appointed Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces in 2006. In 2021, after the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris, he was entrusted by the President of the Republic with the restoration of the cathedral in five years.
Founder of Coalitions, an ecological and social innovation agency
She founded the agency Coalitions in 2020. Through this agency, she directs investments and actions of companies towards the social and ecological transition. After working for the Fondation de France and in the cabinet of French President François Hollande (2016-2018), she published an essay entitled "Ma génération va changer le monde" (Editions de l'Aube, 2021), in which she advocates concrete solutions to initiate a genuine social revolution in society.
Chief economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) until 2019, he currently directs the environmental justice programme at Georgetown University (Washington). He is a research director at the CNRS, and he has taught at the École Polytechnique and Sciences Po. He is a Jesuit priest and honorary president of the Rousseau Institute. In his latest book, he invites us to rethink the functioning of our economic system in a dialogue with the Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr, "L'économie à venir" (Les liens qui libèrent, 2021).
Ambassador of French gastronomy
After obtaining a BEP at the École de Paris des Métiers de la Table, he was awarded the title of "Meilleur ouvrier de France" at the age of 25, becoming the youngest ever winner in the cooking category. In 2012, he was named Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite in recognition of his excellent work in the Élysée kitchens since 1997. In 2021, he was appointed French Ambassador for Gastronomy, Food and Culinary Arts by the President of the Republic. He recently co-authored "Philosopher et cuisiner: un mélange exquis" (Édition de l'Aube).
Head of CENTQUATRE-PARIS
Trained at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Pratiques Sociales, he started out as a sports trainer and later joined the French Institute. In 2000, he was appointed director of the cultural center Ferme du Buisson. His singular career path led him to the head of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, where he has been the Director since 2010. He directed the Parisian event La Nuit Blanche in 2014 and 2015. He has also curated numerous art exhibitions. He is the Artistic and Cultural Director of the Grand Paris Express and the President of the Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois.
Engineer, documentary filmmaker
As a young graduate in environmental engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, he decided to film the journey of six young students from "rupturist" universities who are reorienting their professional future in light of the climate crisis. His documentary "Ruptures" (2021) quickly became a success because it depicts a generation concerned with a sustainable economy.
Director of Environmental Excellence for Paris 2024
A graduate in chemical engineering and from INSEAD, she began her professional career with the Argentine national oil company. After working for the international law firm Booz Allen Hamilton, she worked for the Ministry of Ecology and Energy, responsible for supporting the development of renewable energy. She then represented France at the International Energy Agency (IAEA), and became the director of the New Business Factory within ENGIE Fab, before joining the adventure of the Paris 2024 OCOG.
Professor Emeritus and Honorary President of the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
While he was a university professor and Doctor of State in mathematics, he was appointed President of the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne from 1989 to 1994 and first Vice-President of the French Conference of University Presidents from 1992 to 1994. He was President of the Steering Committee of the World Conference on Higher Education from 1994 to 1999. In 2004, he was appointed Director of UNESCO's Division of Higher Education and headed UNESCO's Educational Research and Foresight until 2014. Thereafter, he became President of the University Panthéon-Sorbonne from 2016 to 2021.
Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris
In 1986, he started his career as a lawyer in Algiers, then moved to France and joined the Paris Bar where he was appointed head of the Paris-Alger international commission. In 1999, he became the lawyer of the Grand Mosque of Paris and in 2008 he was appointed vice-president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). In 2020, he was elected rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris. His commitment to fighting against the stigmatisation of religion is illustrated in his books, such as "Le manifeste contre le terrorisme islamiste" (The Manifesto against Islamist Terrorism) published by Erick Bonnier in 2021.
Harpsichordist and conductor
After studying piano, harpsichord and organ, she chose to become a conductor and in 2000 founded "Le Concert d'Astrée", which has enjoyed great success throughout the world. With this dazzling success, she joined prestigious international stages where she conducts renowned ensembles such as the Paris Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Lyric Opera. Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, her musical expertise has been rewarded on numerous occasions.
Founder and CEO of Fleurs d'Ici and WeTradeLocal.io
After studying at Sciences Po, she started a career as a journalist and became a war reporter for the BBC until 2008. After various experiences as a communication consultant, she founded in 2017 the platform Wetradelocal.io, which connects independent producers with high-end local artisans and environmentally friendly delivery companies. A year later she created Fleurs d'Ici, the first 100% local and seasonal flower brand whose model is based on Wetradelocal and of which she is also the CEO.
Dairy farmer, president and co-founder of SAS De Nous à Vous
He took over the family farm based in the south of Nantes with his younger brother in 2006. After being involved in the mobilisation of independent dairy farmers in favour of higher wages, he founded the SAS De Nous à Vous and the brand "En Direct des Eleveurs". He is a pioneer of responsible agriculture -which pays producers a fair price and is particularly sensitive to animal welfare- and he was awarded the "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" prize by the BCG.
Chairman and CEO of the Mazars Group
After graduating from HEC, he joined Mazars as an audit partner, where he signed the accounts of several large companies, including BNP Paribas. He then accompanied the growth of the partnership by becoming successively head of the Banking sector, director of the international EIP activities, then president of Mazars in France (co-CEO). In 2016, he was appointed CEO of the Group and decided to found the "Mazars University", committed to the development of talent and diversity within the group.
Professor of medical ethics, Paris-Saclay University
He is a university professor and teaches medical ethics at the University of Paris-Saclay.He is also director of the Espace éthique/Assistance publique Hôpitaux de Paris and of the Espace national de réflexion éthique. He is involved in the fields of ethics applied to human realities through research in the field of palliative care, autism, AIDS and degenerative diseases. In his book "Une démocratie confinée : l'éthique quoi qu'il en coûte" (Erès, 2021) he suggests how to live through a global crisis in the long term.
CEO of Citeo
A former volleyball champion (195 caps for the French team), he graduated from the HEC MBA at the end of his sports career. He then worked for the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) group, where he participated in the launch of the L'Équipe TV channel in 1998, before taking over the management of the Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France group from 2005 to 2015. In 2016, he changed his career path once again by accepting the position of managing director of Éco-Emballages, the company responsible for recycling household packaging, which later became Citeo.
After studying at the ESC Troyes Business School, between France, England and Spain and a marketing career in the hotel industry, Blandine decides to turn to the leather craftmanship profession. She joins Hermès as a saddle-leather craftsman in 2016, and is first trained in the Pantin workshops, then joins the maroquinerie de Saint-Antoine. She also assists as a tutor to newcomers starting out at the table.
Associate Director BCG
After graduating from Polytechnique and SupAero, she joined AEC Partners as a consultant in 2004 and then BCG in 2007. Sensitive to the medical field, she has accompanied many companies specialised health care, biopharma, and vaccine, notably on R&D and industrial operations and on their digital journeys and their change management. She is a core member of the Health Care, People & Organization, and Operations practices, and also leads people strategy for Western Europe.
CEO of Novethic
After studying journalism, she began her career with the M6 group. In 2001, she became editor-in-chief, and then Managing Director of the Novethic media - a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to raise public awareness of the impacts of environmental crises. As a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), she regularly gives conferences on the subject and assists companies in their transformation projects.
After studying biology, he discovered his two great passions following a wintering in Antarctica: images and scientific mediation. His first film "The Emperor's March" won the Oscar for best documentary. In 2010, he founded the Wild-Touch association with the desire to act for the preservation of nature through the emotion of images and cinema. After "Il était une Forêt" (2013), he continues his cinematographic adventure with "La Glace et le Ciel" (2015). In 2020, he created his production company Icebreaker, based in Monaco and financed by blockchain.
Doctor of Computer Science, Founder and President of « In Silico Veritas »
She is an alumnus of ENS Paris-Saclay and holds a doctorate in science from the Institut des Mines. She is a researcher and entrepreneur in the field of computer science. She organizes her time between consulting, research and teaching in graduate schools and executive education, mainly at MIT. She is a technical and scientific advisor for several companies, a mentor at NASA's Frontier Development Lab and an external collaborator for the French Ministry of Education. She is also a scientific editorial contributor, notably for Le Point abs Les Echos.
Managing Director & Senior Partner at BCG
Vice President Corporate Research & Science, Dassault Systèmes
Since 1996, he has held various positions in R&D, from life cycle management to product design. He has initiated multiple partnerships with research institutes and participated in the European research programme BioIntelligence, to create innovative modelling, simulation and big data applications for the life sciences. He is a member of the French National Academy of Technologies and the Scientific Council of INRIA and is currently SrVP of Corporate Science & Research at Dassault Systèmes. Photo credit: Bruno Ranvier
Handicapped from birth, he managed to study philosophy, obtained a degree in literature at the University of Fribourg and went to South Korea to study Zen and the practice of the Gospels. In 1999, his book "Éloge de la faiblesse" (Éditions du Cerf) won the Montyon prize for literature and philosophy, before being awarded the Mottart prize by the Académie française. A recognised philosopher, he gives numerous lectures and continues his reflection on recklessness and the construction of a "therapy of the human soul". In 2022, he co-directed the film "Presque" with Bernard Campan.
Climatologist, Emeritus Director of Research at CEA
Emeritus Director of Research at the CEA, he has been awarded the CNRS Gold Medal and the Vetlesen Prize (equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the Earth Sciences). A member of the French Academy of Sciences, former vice-chairman of the IPCC scientific working group and member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council until 2021, he is a leading figure in the fight against global warming. In his book "Climat. Parlons vrai" (Éditions Les Pérégrines, 2021) -co-written with Baptiste Denis- he proposes citizen levers to respond to the climate emergency.
Co-founder of Siri, Scientific Director of the Renault Group
After graduating from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and getting a doctorate in computer science from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris, he began his career at SRI International. He created the Computer Human Interaction Center and led the Siri development teams at Apple. He was CTO at Hewlett-Packard and co-founded several start-ups in Silicon Valley. From 2012 to 2021, he worked at Samsung as Vice President of Innovation. He is now CTO of the Renault Group.
Executive Director for Greenpeace France
A journalist by training, he joined Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in 1998 as a conscientious objector. In 2008, he was promoted to secretary general of the press freedom NGO and took initiatives to strengthen the protection of journalists in Europe. In 2012, he was appointed director general of Greenpeace France. A critic of environmental policies, he initiated the "Affaire du siècle", which succeeded in having the French government condemned for climate inaction. In 2022, he published "Climat. Cinq ans pour sauver notre humanité" (Tallandier).
Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), sociologist and specialist in mobility issues
A graduate of the University of Geneva, he did a PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on daily mobility and urban dynamics. He has been invited as a researcher at the University of Lancaster, the Ecole des Ponts, and the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. His current work focuses on the study of mobility and its links with the transformation of contemporary societies and their territories. He has notably published "Les paradoxes de la mobilité" and "Re-thinking the City" (Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2008 and 2011).
Political and economic journalist, writer
After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in philosophy, he began his career as a journalist at La Gazette des Communes, before participating in the creation of the business radio station BFM. An economic columnist at Radio France, he became head of the economic department of the LCI channel in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed president of Public Sénat, and then renewed in 2018. His mandates were marked by the modernisation of the channel and record ratings. He is now head of communications at the Cour des Comptes. In 2022, he published "Bergson, notre contemporain" (Éditions de l'Observatoire).
Director of research at the CEA
He holds an engineering degree from CentraleSupélec (formerly Ecole Centrale Paris), a DEA in theoretical physics and a PhD in the philosophy of science. He is director of the Laboratory of Research on the Sciences of Matter (LARSIM) and is also a professor at CentraleSupélec Paris. He has published many books that make physics more accessible. His latest book "Idées de génies" (Flammarion, 2022) -co-written with Gautier Depambour- is an anthology of 33 texts from the history of physics, from Galileo to the present day.
Chief Rabbi of France
Chief Rabbi of France since 2014, he was a member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2009 and Secretary General of the French Rabbinate Association. Initially the rabbi of Reims, he became the general Jewish chaplain of the French Air Force in 2000, and then held the same responsibility at the head of all the armed forces from 2007 to 2014. He is the author of numerous books, the latest of which, "Réinventer les aurores" (Fayard, 2020) received the Edgar Faure prize for political literature and offers a plea for fraternity.
Co-founder & CEO Dioxycle
Writer, member of the Académie française
A graduate of Sciences Po and ENA, elected to the Académie française in 2014, he is considered by his peers as a literary critic and erudite writer. In 1990 he received the Colette Prize for "La Nuit des masques" (Flammarion, 1990), and in 1997 he was a favourite for the Goncourt Prize with "1941" (Grasset). Twenty years later, he published "Quarante ans" (Grasset, 2017), in which he returns to the Paris of 1997 and allows us to rediscover -with the patina of time- the portraits of intellectual and cultural figures such as Woody Allen, Isabelle Huppert, Philippe Sollers that he met during his intense journalistic activity.
After studying at the École Normale Supérieure and obtaining a doctorate in economics, he obtained a research fellowship at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he mainly taught economic policy analysis. Today, as Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), affiliated to the Institute of Public Policy and member of the Conseil d'analyse économique (CAE), he specialises in the study of taxation and redistributive public policies. Published in various leading journals, he was also awarded the 2016 "Best Young Economist Prize" by Le Monde and the Cercle des économistes.
Partner, Mazars in France
A business school graduate, she joined Mazars at a very young age. After a classic audit career, she gave a new direction to her professional career by taking charge of the "Capital Markets" activities of the international group. Today, she assists companies in their financial market operations, particularly start-ups. She is also involved in the adaptation of financial tools with the fight against global warming and the new criteria for CO2 emissions.
Vice President Southern Europe & Country Manager France, UiPath
After graduating from a business school and obtaining a master's degree in economics from the Université Panthéon-Assas, he began his career at Salesforce, where he helped develop the company's presence on the French market. Sensitive to pre-sales issues, he is particularly interested in establishing a relationship of trust with customers. This recognised expertise enabled him to join UiPath, one of the world's leading providers of enterprise automation software, as vice-president of the Southern Europe area.
President of the Centre Pompidou
After graduating from Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole du Louvre, he began his career at the Délégation aux arts plastiques (DAP). Curator of numerous contemporary art events, including the Murakami exhibition at the Château de Versailles, he was appointed Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010. After contributing to the success of this new cultural centre, he became president of the Picasso Museum. Recognised for his daring tastes, he was appointed President of "Beaubourg", which is embarking on a long period of renovation (2023-2027).
Director of Human Resources, Mazars in France
A graduate of NEOMA Rouen, she joined Mazars in 2004 as an auditor and then moved into Human Resources functions, taking charge of HR development for the MAZARS France consulting teams. She then became Director of HR Innovation and was responsible for the impact of the arrival of the new generations and the digital transformation on the organisation. From 2018, she piloted the entire HR strategy as Director of Recruitment, Talent Development, HR Innovation and Employer Brand. In 2021, she was appointed HR Director of Mazars in France.
Professor of Modern History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
As a lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne -where he is now a professor of modern history- his work revisits early modernity and the Renaissance. In all his books, he endeavours to re-problematise events with a rich and ancient historiography, using a wide range of sources. His book "Au péril des guerres de Religion" (PUF, 2015) -co-authored with Denis Crouzet following the January 2015 attacks- opens up historical reflection on contemporary issues.
Chair of the High Climate Council, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
She is a French-Canadian climate scientist. She has been President of the High Council for the Climate since 2018. In parallel to this activity, she maintains a position as Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia (Norwich). She is the author of three IPCC synthesis reports, a member of the UK Academy of Sciences and also sits on the Climate Change Committee - which advises the UK government on its climate policies.
Deputy Managing Director of BVA Group
After graduating from the IEP of Grenoble, he began his career at the daily La Voix du Nord. In 1987, he joined the IFOP team, then the Government Information Service (SIG) as head of the Opinions-Media department until 1995. He then became deputy managing director of Louis Harris, before joining the IPSOS group in 1998, the management of TNS Sofres (2011-2014) and the management of the political and opinion activities of Kantar Public in 2015. Two years later, he joined the BVA group.
Initially a journalist, notably assigned to the Army Film Service, he directed his first feature film and created his production company "Les films 13" in 1960. In 1966, his talent exploded internationally when he won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival and the Oscar for best foreign film for "A Man and a Woman". Critics recognised his unique style, which sublimates the actors thanks to a light camera and original, human stories. An emblematic figure of French cinema, still very active today, his movies deliver a precious testimony.
Director of Social, Territorial and Environmental Commitment (DESTE) and Director of the TOUS SNCF corporate project
After graduating from ESSEC, he worked in Germany and then joined the SNCF group in 2001. He held positions within Voyages SNCF, before becoming chief of staff to the chairman Guillaume Pepy. His career path then led him to hold various positions within the group's passenger activities: first in charge of developing Keolis' rail activities, he then worked at Eurostar - notably as Managing Director France. From 2017 to 2019, he was appointed Sales, Marketing and Services Director of Transilien.
Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board of Mazars in France
He is a graduate of the Institut national agronomique de Paris-Grignon. In 2003, he launched the GRC (Governance, Risk, Compliance) consulting offer which was to become Mazars' consulting business. In 2014, he joined the Executive Committee of the group in France and led the investment plan for strategic acquisitions of consulting firms, including EQR Conseil, Advese, iLeven, Zettafox and Alter&Go. In 2019, Olivier Lenel leads the Executive Committee and, two years later, he is elected CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Mazars in France.
Director General of Internal Security
Driven by the desire to serve the State, he studied at Sciences Po and then at ENA. In 2008, he joined the Paris police prefecture as chief of staff to the police prefect and then deputy chief of staff. He was appointed sub-prefect in Béziers in 2014 and he directed the action of the security services in Corsica as sub-prefect coordinator for security for the prefects of Haute-Corse and Corse du Sud. In 2017, he was appointed deputy director of the cabinet of Gérard Collomb, Minister of the Interior. In 2018, he became the youngest head of the internal intelligence service.
Commissaire général au développement durable au Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire
After a career as an officer in the Air Force, he became a magistrate at the Court of Audit. He was Secretary General of the Court of Budgetary and Financial Discipline from 2008 to 2011. Seconded to the Prime Minister's office, then to the Ministry of Justice, he was appointed deputy chief of staff to the Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition. Since 2019, as interministerial delegate, he contributes to defining the orientations of the national research policy in the field of environment and coordinates the strategic choices in reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (0DD) of the Agenda 2030.
CEO of EDF
A former student of the École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris Tech, he was an engineer at France Télécom for nearly ten years before joining the cabinet of Gérard Longuet, Minister for Post and Telecommunications. Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication from 1995 to 1998, he then went on to manage several major groups, including Oddo et Cie, Vivendi and Thalès. In 2014, he was appointed by the government to the presidency of the EDF group, where he constantly defended "low-carbon electricity" and nuclear energy.
Deputy CEO of the BVA Group
A business school graduate, she began her professional career in the marketing teams of Nielsen. In 1999, she became director of the media and advertising department of the IFOP group, before joining the TNS Sofres institute as director of the media division. She was then appointed managing director of the IPSOS group from 2012 to 2017. After a brief stint as chairman of the board of L'Obs, she returned to her field of expertise as deputy CEO of the BVA GROUP.
Advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Appointed as an advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in 2010 as a member of the "Environment" and "Internal Market" sections, he is a specialist in programmed obsolescence and environmental communication. In recent years, he has published "Des vents porteurs. Comment mobiliser (enfin) pour la planète" (Le Pommier, 2021), which won the Veolia Foundation's Environment Book Prize. He is vice-president of the think tank La Fabrique écologique and a member of the scientific council of the Fondation pour la Nature et l'Homme.
Chair, Geodis Executive Board
After graduating from ESSEC, she began her career in the banking sector, with Chemical Bank and Paribas, before moving into the international transport and logistics sector. She was successively Financial Director of Jet Services, President of TNT Express France, and then President of the Management Board of TNT Express, when the company became independent. In 2012, she consolidated her expertise by joining the Geodis group as Managing Director, then Chairman of the Management Board in 2013. She is also a director of the VINCI Group.
CEO of Hopium
After a successful start in karting, he began his motorsport career in Formula BMW in 2009. Two years later, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the LMP2 category, on his first appearance. In 2019, with experience in the Swiss high-tech company GreenGT, he decided to found his company Hopium. The ambition of his start-up is to bring the first hydrogen-powered sedan using fuel cell technology to the general public by 2026.
Founding President of the Cercle des économistes
He has a doctorate in economics and is a professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine since 1992. He is also President of the Cercle des économistes - which he founded in 1992 -, advisor to the management board of the Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, and a member of the Conseil d'analyse économique (CAE) since 1997. His latest book is entitled "La Grande Rupture: Reconciling Keynes and Schumpeter", and has been co-written with Alain Villemeur (Odile Jacob, 2021).
CEO of Les Echos-Le Parisien Group
After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, he joined the Cour des Comptes and then worked in the office of Prime Minister Edouard Balladur (1993-1995). After several professional experiences in the world of media and communications, as well as at LVMH, he joined Agence France-Presse (AFP) and became CEO of the group from 2005 to 2010. He was elected President of the French Federation of Telecoms (FTT) until his appointment as CEO of the press group Les Echos-Le Parisien in 2018.
After studying law, he left the Congo with a few literary manuscripts and moved to France at the age of 22, where he obtained a DEA in law from the University of Paris-Dauphine. He now lives between France and the United States, where he teaches at UCLA. He has received several awards for his work, including the Prix Renaudot for "Mémoires de porc-épic" (Seuil, 2006), and places his split identity at the heart of his work. His latest book, "Rumeurs d'Amérique" (Plot, 2020), paints a portrait of another America, one in which he is both intimate and a stranger.
Administrator of the Pantheon, Centre des monuments nationaux
After two degrees in history from the University of Western Brittany and in the history and management of French and European cultural heritage, he was appointed director of audiences, communication, sponsorship and publishing at the Château d'Ecouen (National Renaissance Museum). He then joined the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and was appointed Deputy Director of Communication at the Louvre Museum. After seven years at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, he became administrator of the Pantheon in 2017.
President of the Fondation des Femmes
She is a feminist activist and writer. She was noticed within the Mouvement du Nid association, where she accompanied women in very precarious situations - victims of physical, sexual and psychological violence. In 2012, she became spokesperson for the association Osez le féminisme! before creating the Fondation des femmes, under the aegis of the Fondation de France. A media figure, she recently published a small feminist manual: "Tu seras une femme! Guide féministe pour ma nièce et ses amis(e)s" (Petits Matins, 2021).
Senior Fellow at the Institut Montaigne
After graduating from the École normale supérieure (ENS), Sciences Po Paris and from the National Assembly's administrator competition, she worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), before heading the IFRI's Energy Centre. After holding various positions within the AREVA group, she chairs "La Fabrique de la Cité", a think-tank on urban innovations founded and supported by the VINCI group. An expert in urban and energy issues, she is also a member of the board of directors of several foundations.
Professor at Mines Paris - PSL, Director of the Transition Institute 1.5 of Mines Paris - PSL, Member of the IPCC
Director of the Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées (CMA) at MINES ParisTech, she currently leads a team of ten researchers and doctoral students who are developing a long-term energy planning model for France. In 2008, she founded the Prospective Modelling for Sustainable Development Chair at MINES ParisTech. She is an international specialist in energy/climate issues, the main author of the 6th IPCC report, and participates in the prospective reflections of institutions such as the International Energy Agency.
CEO of Chaumet
After graduating from HEC, he joined the L'Oréal group where he held various positions in the marketing departments of Lancôme and Biotherm. In 2004, he joined the leather goods department of Louis Vuitton within the LVMH group. During this period, he participated in the creation of the brand's accessories department, which at the time marketed perfumes as well as writing instruments. After a special assignment with Loro Piana, he took up his position as Managing Director of Chaumet in 2015.
Professor of philosophy and researcher in philosophy of work
A graduate of Sciences Po, professor of philosophy and doctoral student on the philosophy of André Gorz, her research analyses the mutations of contemporary work, its new injunctions and values, and alternative models of work organisation in an ecological perspective. In 2021, she published "Travailler moins pour vivre mieux, Guide pour une philosophie antiproductiviste" with Dunod. In parallel, she regularly shares her philosophical analyses on her Youtube channel META.
Head of the restaurants of the Mandarin Oriental Paris
After graduating from the Compagnons du Devoir as a pastry chef, chocolate maker and ice cream maker, he joined the Blue Helmets during the Lebanon War. In 2013, he and Raphaël Haumont created the French Centre for Culinary Innovation. There they reinvented culinary classics and created the dishes for Thomas Pesquet's stays in space. He has founded several restaurants including the "Sur-mesure by Thierry Marx" (two stars in the Michelin Guide), located in the Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel. He is the head of the Cuisine Mode d'Emploi school, which facilitates the obtaining of a diploma in catering for people in retraining. In 2022 he received the "Chef Mentor" award from the Michelin Guide.
Research director at CEA
A graduate of the École Centrale, she is a research director at the CEA's Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and co-chair of the IPCC working group on the physical basis of climate change. A recognised scientist and CNRS silver medalist, she is particularly involved in the sharing and exchange of knowledge at the science-society interface. She is a member of the French National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), in parallel with her functions within the High Council for Climate Change (HCC) and the Academy of Technologies.
Chairman - Founder of BlaBlaCar
After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in physics and then from Stanford University, he co-founded covoiturage.fr in 2006 (which became BlaBlaCar in 2013), a platform for connecting people who want to carpool. In 2015, he launched the "Reviens Léon, on innove à la maison!" movement, to encourage expatriate French entrepreneurs to return to innovate in their country. In 2018, he was elected vice-president of the France Digitale association and publicly committed himself to entrepreneurs by publishing a book on the backstage of his company: "Mission BlaBlaCar" (Eyrolles).
VP Global Environment Schneider Electric
A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, ESCP Paris and ENA, she began her career at the Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development. Since then, she has devoted her career to climate change, technological and financial innovations for a net-zero economy. From 2015 to 2022, she was in charge of Microsoft's carbon roadmap. In May 2022, she joined Schneider Electric as Vice President Environment and Climate. She is an executive in residence at Insead and is part of the Télémaque think tank. She is a French, American and Indian citizen.
Born Edgar Nahoum in 1921, he committed himself against fascism in 1938. He joined the Resistance in 1942 and became Edgar Morin. In 1943 he joined the PCF, from which he was expelled in 1951. He joined the CNRS in 1950 and became director of research there. From 1955, he campaigned against the war in North Africa and took part in the debates. In 1956, he founded the political philosophy journal Arguments with Roland Barthes. From 1962 onwards, he travelled extensively in Latin America where he developed his vision of complexity and connection, the art of linking knowledge. This "undisciplined polydisciplinarian", as he put it, is an inventor of a sociology of the present as well as the author of "Leçons d'un siècle de vie" (Denoël, 2021). He is the centenary of this edition.
First President of the Court of Auditors
After graduating from Sciences Po, he joined the Court of Auditors as an auditor. In 1990, he became head of the department for the modernisation of public services and financing at the Commissariat général du Plan, before joining the Socialist Party (PS). European deputy, deputy of the Doubs, president of the agglomeration community of the Montbéliard country, he was also appointed several times as minister. After a spell at Bercy, he was chosen as European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union (2014-2019).
Dean of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
She holds a DEA in private law and a doctorate from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. In 2003, she obtained her agrégation in private law and criminal sciences. Professor of private law at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, member of the Institut de recherche juridique de la Sorbonne (IRJS), she is specialised in social law, collective bargaining, collective representation and CSR. Between 2016 and 2019, she was elected first vice-president in charge of institutional affairs at the Sorbonne's board of directors before becoming its new president in 2021.
Director General of the newspaper Libération, essayist
After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, and holding an agrégation in modern literature, he quickly joined the ministerial cabinets (1992-1993). Deputy CEO of Air France, then CEO of NC Numericable and Chairman of Canal + France, he joined the PPR group in 2002. Appointed head of FNAC, he participated in the economic recovery of the company. In 2007, he wrote a report to the Minister of Culture on the cultural offer and the fight against illegal sharing on the Internet. He then turned his professional career to the media, managing Le Nouvel Obs, Europe 1 and, more recently, Libération.
Chairman of Altavia Consortium
After graduating with an MBA in Finance from Shanghai University, he quickly moved into the digital sector and more specifically into mobile applications, particularly in China and France. He then joined the family business Altavia in 2013 and became head of Altavia Cosmic, a commercial communication, marketing and advertising agency. In 2019, he headed Altavia Disko, the group's digital agency, then Altavia Oyez. At the beginning of 2020, he was appointed President of Altavia Consortium, which groups the group's digital and creative agencies.
CEO of Terra Nova
A former student of the ENS and holder of an Agrégation higher degree in French Language and Literature, he began his career at the Institut des hautes études sur la Justice (IHEJ) before joining the CFDT as an adviser to the general secretary. In 2002, close to Pierre Rosanvallon, he became the general secretary of "La République des idées" - the think tank he founded. He was director of the Seuil publishing house for a short time before being chosen as editorial director of the monthly Alternatives économiques. Then, he took over the progressive think-tank Terra Nova in 2014. In 2019, he is co-president of the governance committee of the Citizens' Climate Convention.
Founder of the Slow Food movement
A journalist and food critic with a degree in sociology, he founded the international Slow Food association in Bra, Italy, in 1989. A tireless campaigner for good, clean and fair food for all, and an outspoken critic of 'junk food', his initiative has been hailed around the world. In 2010, he received the European Parliament's European Citizen's Prize. Since 2004, he has also been the founding president of Terra Madre - the largest international event dedicated to food - which takes place every year in Turin.
Mayor of Le Havre, founder of Horizons
After studying at Sciences Po and ENA, he joined the Council of State, and became a lawyer and director of public affairs at Areva (2007-2010). At the same time, he became involved in politics alongside Alain Juppé. Established in Normandy -his native region- he was successively elected regional councillor, general councillor and municipal councillor, before succeeding Antoine Rufenacht as mayor of Le Havre in 2010. In 2017, he rallied to Emmanuel Macron after his victory in the presidential election and became Prime Minister until 2020. He founded the political party Horizons in 2021 with the hope of filling the voids in a public debate that he considers "sagging".
Initiator and President of the Solar Impulse Foundation - Serial explorer, psychiatrist and ambassador for clean technologies
Both a psychiatrist and an explorer, he made history by achieving two aeronautical firsts: a non-stop round-the-world balloon flight and a round-the-world solar flight. A pioneer in his approach to considering ecology from the point of view of economic profitability, he has been working since the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. With the Solar Impulse Foundation, which he chairs, he has succeeded in the challenge of identifying 1,000 profitable solutions to protect the environment and ensure clean growth.
Paleoanthropologist at the Collège de France, writer
Doctor in paleontology, he began his career as a research associate and teacher in anatomy at Duke University Medical Center. In 1991, he became a lecturer at the Collège de France, attached to the chair of paleoanthropology and prehistory of Yves Coppens. He then became head of the paleoanthropology and functional anatomy unit of this chair. His research interests include the evolution of the hominid skull - humans, their ancestors and the great apes - and the origins of the human lineage. He is the author of several books on the question "What is the human-being?"
Scientist and engineer specialising in sustainable development
A graduate of Polytechnique and holder of a doctorate in economics and climate sciences, he also displays his talent in the air as a professional paraglider pilot. In 2016, he joined the COP21 team, attached to the cabinet of Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea. In 2020, he became the European Union's ambassador in charge of accelerating the ecological and social transition in the Alpine territories. An expert for the Solar Impulse Foundation and Schneider Electric, he is also involved in scientific exploration projects and documentary film-making.
Baker and CEO of Poilâne
A Franco-American with a degree in economics from Harvard, she quickly developed a passion for the bakery trade through her father's work in the family business on rue du Cherche-Midi (6th arrondissement), founded by Pierre-Léon Poilâne in the 1930s. In 2002, she took over the management of this French gastronomy brand, which is gradually acquiring a truly international reputation. With the opening of four shops in Paris, one in London and the setting up of a delivery system throughout the world, she continues the family tradition of extending the traditional know-how of the Poilâne House.
Chief Sustainability Officer at Accor
A graduate of the IEP in Aix-en-Provence, the LSE and a Master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, she took on various development missions in New Delhi, before becoming Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for South Asia for the company Véolia. Involved in Emmanuel Macron's campaign in 2017, she was elected deputy in Vaucluse, after having been appointed Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, where she notably carried the "anti-waste law" (2019). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation de la Mer.
Ambassador for the poles and maritime issues, writer
After studying philosophy, he held various positions within publishing houses and arts journals. Involved in the world of culture, he founded a theatre company and a literature festival "Le Marathon des mots". After holding several positions in the French cultural network abroad, he was appointed director of the Association française d'action artistique (AFAA), then of the public radio station France Culture (2010-2015). The Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed him Ambassador in charge of cultural attractiveness, then Ambassador of France to Tunisia and Ambassador for Poles and Maritime Issues.
Director of the Penninghen School
After graduating from ESAG - Penninghen in 1996, he became known in the fields of press, graphic design and brand image. Successively author, creative director, editor and partner, his work is quickly recognized by his peers. In 2010, he founded his own studio specialising in the television and interactive applications sector, which produces -among other things- the graphic system for France 5 and several credits for Arte. He also shares his expertise in the field of media for emerging countries with Canal France International. In 2016, he became the director of the Penninghen school.
CEO of Ceva Santé Animale
A veterinarian by training, since 2007 he has been at the head of one of the leading veterinary pharmaceutical groups - the spin-off of Sanofi's animal business - with its headquarters in Libourne, Gironde, and more than 5,000 employees and 43 subsidiaries around the world. It is also a recognised advocate of the "One health, one medicine" initiative, a movement created in the early 2000s that aims to better address emerging diseases with pandemic potential.
A four-time Formula One world champion driver (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993), he won 51 Grand Prix races from 199 starts between 1980 and 1993. Nicknamed "The Professor" by the media, he belongs to the Pantheon of Formula 1 thanks to his unique talent on the track and his legendary rivalry with Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna. After his sporting retirement, he remained involved in F1 by buying a team in 1997 and, more recently, by becoming the non-executive director of the Renault F1 Team - now Alpine - from 2019 to 2022.
Executive Director, Foresight and Research of the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME)
A polytechnician and naval architect by training, she began her career in the Research & Development department of Bouygues Offshore. In 2002, she joined Total as a specialist in oceanography and meteorology. In 2016, she became vice president for climate change, reporting to the group's strategic management, and was responsible for coordinating the 2°C roadmap. Since 2019, she has been coordinating ADEME's prospective scenarios aimed at France's carbon neutrality as well as the Finance ClimAct project.
Managing Partner, August Debouzy
Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994 and to the New York Bar two years later, she advises and litigates on issues related to information technology, digital, e-commerce and media. A specialist in digital transformation, she mainly assists players in the technology, luxury, retail and new economy sectors (Next 40). She is a member of the technology working group of the think-tank "Le Club des Juristes" and regularly publishes analyses in an attempt to influence the public debate.
Co-founder & CEO NetZero
He started his career in 1991 with the Hachette group, then joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1997. He became Associate Director, then Senior Associate Director. He was in charge of the financial institutions practice and the M&A and post-merger integration practice in Western Europe, Africa and South America. In January 2021, he co-founded the startup NetZero, dedicated to long-term carbon sequestration in the form of biochar.
CEO of AFD
A former student of the ENS, Sciences Po and ENA, and a senior advisor at the Court of Auditors, he has devoted his career to development and Africa. An expert in economics and a connoisseur of international financial institutions, he took over the management of AFD in 2016. He was reappointed in 2019 and initiated the "Finance in Common" summit, which brought together the world's 450 public development banks for the first time. In 2022, he co-authored "Pour un monde en commun - Regards croisés entre l'Afrique et l'Europe" (Actes Sud) with the philosopher Achille Mbembe.
Deputy Director General of Citeo
After graduating from engineering school, he went into strategy and management consulting. In 2010, he joined Citeo, the leading player in the circular economy in France, and quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become deputy managing director in charge of strategy, innovation, customer management and operations. Appointed in 2019 to the Citeo executive committee, he is also a director of the Conseil National de l'Emballage. In the same year, he was included in the Choiseul Institute's list of "100 economic leaders of tomorrow".
Born on a farm in the Poitou region, she began journalism after studying political science. As a freelance investigative journalist, her prolific work is particularly based on long field investigations that offer a critical look at the human rights situation around the world, or the consequences of the crises of contemporary capitalism. Her committed reporting has won several prestigious awards, including the Albert Londres Audiovisual Prize in 1995 for the documentary "Voleurs d'organes".
Member of the Management Board and COO of Vivendi, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Hospital in Paris, Chairman of LEPC, les Entreprises pour la Cité, Chairman of WeTechCare
After studying psychology, he began his professional career with the Xerox group until 1997. Then, he joined the Carrefour group where he quickly became head of the French human resources department. After a brief stint at SFR, he was appointed to the General Management of the Vivendi group. Director of Dailymotion, member of the supervisory board of the Canal + group, member of the Vivendi management board since 2014, he was appointed CEO of Gameloft with the ambition to develop eSports and virtual reality.
President of the Fondation de la Mer
A graduate of the ESSEC business school and Managing Director of the Notus Technologies investment holding company, she is also involved in a number of charitable activities, such as chairing the "Un Esprit de Famille" association and running the Araok Foundation. Particularly recognised for her activities in favour of the protection of the oceans, she was named Personality of the Year 2021 by the Wista International network. In 2021, she joined the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) in the European and International Affairs Commission.
Born in Milan, she began her career as a journalist in Paris, working for Grazia, Elle and Voici. In parallel to this activity, she became a writer recognised by the public and critics with the publication of three novels: "Tout cela n'a rien à voir avec moi" (JC Lattès, 2013), an autobiographical novel awarded by the Prix de Flore; "Crans-Montana" (JC Lattès, 2015); "Summer" (JC Lattès, 2017), finalist for the Prix Goncourt des lycéens. In 2021, she participated in the feminist manifesto "H24, 24 heures dans la vie d'une femme" (Actes Sud).
Partner, Mazars in France
After graduating from ESCP, she began her professional career at Mazars and became a partner ten years later, in 2017. She balanced her career between consulting and auditing assignments, mainly aimed at helping the group's international clients to assess and strengthen their risk management systems. Member of the Executive Committee of Mazars in France, in charge of Transformations and Data, she also leads the IS Audit & Analytics department since 2019.
Essayist, Vice-President of the Ecological Factory
A member of the editorial board of Esprit magazine, she is also co-founder and vice-president of the think and do-tank "La Fabrique écologique". A former regional councillor of Île-de-France (PS) and former member of the executive board of the Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) party, she is the author of various essays on issues related to parity and the place of democracy in France, the latest of which, "Emmanuel Macron à contretemps" (Éditions Bayard, 2022), is co-written with Olivier Mongin, former director of the journal Esprit.
After graduating from Sciences Po and obtaining a doctorate in sociology from the Faculty of Letters in Paris, she became director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Since the 1970s, she has varied her fields of study in order to refine her analysis of society: historical sociology, relationship to secularism, integration of minorities, labour issues, urban sociology, etc. Member of the Constitutional Council from 2001 to 2010 and former president of the scientific council of the DILCRA, she is now president of the Conseil des sages de laïcité de l'Éducation nationale.
Pierre Sellal was elevated to the dignity of Ambassador of France following his active participation in the French presidency of the Union in 2008. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He joined the Ministère des Affaires étrangères in 1977, and then held several positions in the French ministerial institutions, including diplomatic adviser to the cabinet of the minister for foreign trade, deputy secretary-general of the interministerial committee for European economic cooperation, director of the cabinet of the minister of foreign affairs from 1997 to 2002, or secretary general of the Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Currently, Pierre Sellal is the president of the Fondation de France.
Head of Innovation of Citeo
A graduate in law from Lyon III and the University of Paris Sorbonne, she began her career at the Ministry of Defence before joining Véolia, then the Moniteur Group. An entrepreneurial project led her to Brazil where she developed a strong personal conviction: sharing is the key to individual and collective success. Since 2017, she has been involved in highlighting innovative projects in the circular economy. Thanks to the Circular Challenge, dozens of entrepreneurs are supported by Citeo to accelerate their solutions for the ecological transition.
Managing Director, upstream division and holdings of Hermès
The great grandson of Émile Hermès, Guillaume de Seynes is part of the sixth generation of the Hermès family. A graduate from Paris II Panthéon Assas, IEP Paris and ESSEC, he joined Hermès in 1997 as Sales Director of La Montre Hermès SA in Bienne (Switzerland) and was appointed Managing Director in 1999. In 2006 he became Executive Vice-President of Hermès International. Since 2011, he has been Managing Director of Hermès International in charge of Manufacturing Division and Equity Investments. He is also Chairman of Comité Colbert until June 2022. Photo credit Alexandre Guirkinger
Chairman, Diderot Institute
After studying at HEC, he held various positions in several French banking institutions such as Crédit Agricole, and joined the financial commission of the French Banking Association (AFB). In 2003, he piloted the creation of the Covéa group, which brings together the mutual insurance companies MAAF, MMA and GMF, and contributed to bringing this group closer to companies in the social and solidarity economy. He wrote several books on success and commitment and he founded the Institut Diderot - which promotes reflection between disciplines to have a better understanding of the future of our society.
French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
He is an agricultural engineer with a doctorate in plant physiology, and has been a member of the IPCC as lead author since 1998, where he coordinates national and European research projects and international programmes on agriculture, soils and climate change. During his academic career, he has published more than 150 papers in international scientific journals and received several national and international awards. Since 2022, he is a member of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.
President of the MEDEF International and Europe Division
After graduating from Sciences Po and ESSEC, he joined the Conseil d'État on leaving ENA, and then the Prime Minister's office (1988-1991). In 2000, he worked at Vivendi Universal after a long mission to the Minister of Finance, as Secretary General of the e-business mission. Elected to the head of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA), he became at the same time the President of the International and Europe pole of Medef in 2013. Particularly sensitive to the debate of ideas, he initiated the creation of the think-tank "Les Gracques".
Writer, film director
After graduating in Modern Literature at the Sorbonne, she wrote the screenplay for the successful series "Caméra Café". Critically acclaimed since the publication of her second novel "Chicken Street" (Grasset, 2005), she has gained international recognition with her play "Le vieux juif blonde" (Grasset, 2006). Now living in Los Angeles, she continues her protean writing (theatre, cinema, novels) and her foray into film. In 2021, she directed the adaptation of her novel "Les promesses" (2015).
Writer, lawyer, member of the Académie française
A writer, lawyer and former member of the Conseil d'Etat, he is also the founding president of the Pierre Claver association, for asylum seekers and political refugees in France. Recognised for his numerous books and poems, he was elected to the Académie française in 2020 in the chair of Max Gallo (24th chair). As a member of the editorial board of the journal Commentaire since 2008, he regularly takes the floor in public debate to defend fundamental freedoms.
Lawyer, Mayor of the 16th arrondissement of Paris
Since the 1970s, he is a leading member of the Parisian bar and he has made a name for himself in political and criminal cases, such as the de Broglie affair and the so-called "Élysée wiretapping" affair. He teaches at Sciences Po and is a member of the Académie des sciences d'outre-mer. He has also published several books, including "Une affaire de femmes" (Balland, 1986), adapted for the cinema by Claude Chabrol. A lawyer committed to fighting radical Islam, he is assisting the nephews of Father Jacques Hamel during the trial in January 2022.
Senior Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, UiPath
He holds a Master's degree in Management Science from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He started his career at Dell and later became Senior Vice President of Philips Lighting EMEA. Committed to the digital transformation of businesses, his talent is recognised in the implementation of automated, robotic platforms (RPA) that streamline decision-making processes to optimise growth. He is also an influential specialist in the Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.
Director of Exploration at the Learing Planet Institute
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and chief engineer of the Ponts, eaux et forêts, he became director of research at Inserm in 1999 within a team specialising in the evolution of cooperation. He then became involved in crossing the boundaries of the life sciences by co-founding the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI) in 2005. For the past fifteen years, he has been experimenting with new learning methods - notably as head of the UNESCO Chair in "Learning Sciences". He has received various national and international awards for his innovative work.
UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP26
A Cambridge graduate, he became executive director of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2013, after a 20-year career in the private sector. A specialist in emerging markets, he heads We Mean Business, a coalition of companies accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon economy. In 2020, he was appointed as the UK's High Level Climate Action Champion, responsible for strengthening collaboration and driving action on climate change by businesses, investors, organisations and city governments.
Designer, Director of Art Research Industry
A self-taught fashion designer, he began his career by launching the "Teuchiland" T-shirt, which hijacked the image of the Timberland brand. In 1996, fascinated by skateboarding, he launched the streetwear brand "King Size". After other entrepreneurial adventures, in 2014 he relaunched the perfume and cosmetics house L'Officine universelle Buly with his wife. A professor at the French Fashion Institute (IFM), he fascinates the ecosystem with his talent for spotting trends. He currently runs the art direction agency Art Recherche Industrie, specialising in aesthetic companies that advocate home-made products and zero outsourcing.
Co-founder of Mama Shelter
After studying economics and law at the faculty of Assas, he joined Club Méditerranée (Club Med), which was co-founded by his father. There, he occupied all the positions until he became president in 1993: "We only lived for the Club", he said with nostalgia. Following his sudden departure from the family group, he and his sons launched the urban hotel business based on the Mama Shelter concept, which aimed to combine the quality of a luxury establishment with a reasonable price. The contribution of designer Philippe Starck will contribute to the success of this entrepreneurial model.
Executive Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation
He holds a Master's degree in molecular biology from Sorbonne University and quickly embarked on a career as a regatta sailor, following in the footsteps of his father - founder of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Before joining the adventure of the legendary sailing ship Tara, he led an impressive polar logistics operation in Siberia as well as in Arctic and Antarctica. He notably managed the only French ship to have carried out research in the Russian Arctic. This specialist of the sea is esteemed by his peers, and he became president of the Ocean & Climate Platform, an alliance between NGOs and research institutes, in parallel with his activities at the Tara Ocean Foundation.
Historian of religions and mediologist, co-founder of the Vallet Foundation
He holds a doctorate in law and religious sciences and is a graduate of Sciences Po and ENA. An observer of the religious world, he has long taught general culture at the universities of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris VII-Denis Diderot. In 1999, as a philanthropist, he chose to donate his immense inheritance and created - with his brother, Jean-Daniel Vallet - the Vallet Foundation, whose main mission is to help particularly underprivileged young people in France, Vietnam and Benin to pursue their studies through scholarships.
Director of STATION F
She is the director of the world's largest start-up campus located in the Halle Freyssinet (Paris, 13th arrondissement) since 2016. Originally from Palo Alto (Silicon Valley, California), she studied at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics (LSE) before heading TechCrunch France and Microsoft Ventures Paris, a scheme that supports digital entrepreneurs. She also co-founded StarHer, Tech.eu, Failcon France and Girls in Tech Paris, which aims to promote women in the still predominantly male world of start-ups.
After the September 11 attacks and the financial crisis of the internet bubble, she left New York and started writing. As a journalist and writer, she undertook a long-term work on the trail of activists and whistleblowers: "Ce qu'il reste de nos rêves" (Éditions des Equateurs, 2019); following the example of Edward Snowden. In 2021, she directed her first documentary for the cinema, "Bigger Than Us", thanks to the support of Marion Cotillard. This film -which gives a voice to the youth of the world committed to the climate- is nominated for the 2022 César Awards.
Lawyer, President of the French Committee for Yad Vashem
A graduate of Sciences Po and holder of a master's degree in business law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, he is a partner in the law firm Veil Jourde - specialising in business law, litigation and restructuring of companies in difficulty. In parallel to his professional activities, he is elected member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah and he chairs the French Committee for Yad Vashem, which sets up numerous activities in France (documentation, education) in support of the actions carried out by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.
Sociologist, Director of Research at the Centre de recherches politiques (CEVIPOF) of Sciences Po
Sociologist and CNRS research director at the CEVIPOF of Sciences Po, his favourite themes are regional planning, agriculture and the analysis of electoral behaviour. A former president of the tourism forecasting groups at the Commissariat au Plan and Datar, he regularly carries out consulting missions for companies and local authorities. He is also the author of numerous books, the latest of which, "La France telle que je la connais" (2022) is published by Editions de l'Aube, which he co-edits with Marion Hennebert.
Director of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, he began his professional career as director of the cabinet of the prefect of Picardie. From 2008 to 2010, he worked at the General Directorate of the National Police, before joining the cabinet of the PS mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, then the one of Anne Hidalgo. In 2016, he became deputy director of the SNCF group, in charge of the corporate project and communication. In 2021, after a short stint at Danone, he was appointed head of the IEP in Paris. In addition, this urban music enthusiast is the author of an essay on rap.
Director of the Geneva Museum of Art and History
After studying art history and philosophy, he was appointed curator at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Lausanne in 1993. He was behind the creation of the Centre d'Art de Neuchâtel (CAN), and later directed the Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art (SI) in New York. Appointed head of the Palais de Tokyo in 2006, he developed the international appeal and financial strength of the institution created in 1937. In 2016, he joined the MSU Broad Museum (Michigan), financed by the businessman Eli Broad and his wife, before returning to Europe to head the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève (MAH).
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Historian, Director of Studies at the École pratique des hautes études
A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and a doctor of history, he is also a professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. Director of the Larousse collection, he regularly contributes to the Revue des Deux Mondes and Commentaire. He has written a dozen historical works, including several successful biographies such as "Talleyrand: Le prince immobile" (Fayard, 2006). In March 2022, in "Voyage autour de mon enfance" (Tallandier), he recounts for the first time his childhood memories.
Managing Director, HSBC Continental Europe
After graduating from the University of Nottingham Business School, he joined the HSBC Group in 2005 following experience at KPMG. Initially Deputy Head of HSBC Corporate Banking in France, in 2017 he was appointed Head of Corporate Banking for Europe at HSBC Bank plc alongside his activities as Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Continental Europe. In June 2021, he became the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Continental Europe.
Trained in France and Germany, she founded and directs the Divertimento Symphony Orchestra, which brings together nearly 70 instrumentalists from the Île-de-France region in Stains. Very sensitive to the problems of access to culture, she uses her reputation to initiate actions aimed at promoting the development of symphonic and operatic music in working-class neighbourhoods. It also seeks to pass on its musical heritage, particularly the music of North Africa, as demonstrated by the "Inspiration Orient" concert performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in June 2022.